According to the Grove team's launch press release, a whopping 80 percent of the FW35 is new - “new gearbox, new rear suspension, new radiators, a new floor, new exhausts, new bodywork, a new nose, and a significant amount of weight had been saved". But aside from that it's just like last year's car. Honest.
Of course, launch cars are a lot like the previous year's model. Testing is all about getting the cars ready for Melbourne, and at Williams it's no different. After a long winter spent testing new components for reliability, the team are confident that they won't have missed out by delaying the launch of the FW35 till this morning.
And if the car runs as consistently as the team hope it will, the next two weeks will see Williams refine an aerodynamic upgrade for the Albert Park season-opener next month.
“The Coanda effect is going to be a big thing for us,” technical director Mike Coughlan said in the team's launch release. “There’s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we’ll work closely with Renault to maximise the available gains. Use of the DRS is more restricted this year, so we’ll take some resource away from that and focus on other areas.”
Below the jump you can find the full technical specs for the FW35.
CHASSIS CONSTRUCTION: Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements
FRONT SUSPENSION: Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
REAR SUSPENSION: Double wishbone, pull-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
TRANSMISSION: Williams F1 seven speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear, gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
CLUTCH: Carbon multi-plate
DAMPERS: Williams F1
WHEELS: RAYS forged magnesium
TYRES: Pirelli, Fronts: 245/660-13, Rears: 325/660-13
BRAKE SYSTEM: AP 6 piston calipers all round, carbon discs and pads
STEERING: Williams F1 power assisted rack and pinion
FUEL SYSTEM: ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS: FIA SECU standard electronic control unit
COOLING SYSTEM: Aluminium Oil, Water, KERS, and gearbox radiators
COCKPIT: Six point driver safety harness with 75mm shoulder straps & HANS system, removable anatomically formed carbon fibre seat
ENGINE: Renault RS27-2013 2.4L V8, 900 V angle, 32 valves, aluminium block and pistons, nitrided alloy steel crankshaft with tungsten alloy counterweights, titanium connecting rods, 8 butterfly throttle system, 18000 rpm maximum speed
KERS: Williams F1 battery, MGU and electronics
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
WEIGHT: FIA Minimum
OVERALL LENGTH: 5000mm
OVERALL HEIGHT: 950mm
OVERALL WIDTH: 1800mm